Storytelling

Who doesn’t like a good story?  I don’t know of many people who do not like to hear one tell a good gripping story.  I have had the privilege of sitting at the feet of some good storytelling people.  Some were relatives that just brighten up the times together with a good story.  Some were friends who would tell about past adventures.

A good story is priceless.

For some people, storytelling is indeed priceless.  For some people in our world, storytelling might be the only way that they get to encounter the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Last night, my wife did a great job of sharing with our church family about mission work done in the Ivory Coast through some of our IMB missionaries.  One of the major ways that the Gospel is shared in the Ivory Coast is through storytelling the Bible.  This is done primarily because the literacy rate is sadly very low.  A great video that tells a little about the work in the Ivory Coast can be seen here.

This got me to thinking…

If we had to share the truths of the Bible with another person in the form of storying, could we?

In our country, it is not uncommon for there to be a copy of the Bible in the home, workplace, hotel rooms, library, or other places we find ourselves frequently.  You can even find the Bible at Walmart!  Even though we have an abundance of Bibles at our fingertips, I am concerned that we don’t know what the story of the Bible really is.

I would encourage you to take that number one best-seller that may be on a shelf close by and take time to learn the story of the Bible.  Don’t just read and listen to the many stories, but take time to see the overall story that goes throughout Scripture.  Then let’s take the time to share that story with others around us.

New Leadership at IMB

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I heard the news today that the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention has elected a david-plattnew President to oversee its work.  The IMB has selected David Platt to the position.  Platt has been the Pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama and authored many books on the Christian faith.  You can read an article about Platt being chosen as the new leader by clicking here.

I for one am very glad to hear this news.  I have been tracking this young man for a little while.  It has been interesting to see how God has been using this young man for His glory.  He has a passion for the lost and to see that people from every walk and nation come to know about Jesus.  He has been passionate and vocal about the Church around the world.  I could not think of a better person for this time to be at the leadership position of the IMB.  There are so many people that are wanting to get the Gospel to the ends of the earth, and Platt is one that can be a good, solid voice for them.  He has proven himself to be very qualified for the position of leading as he helped a megachurch in Alabama gain a new identity after some rocky times.

I cannot wait to see how God uses David Platt and his family in this position.  I encourage all Christians – Southern Baptists and others as well – to join me in praying for this man as he helps the SBC to be focused on the Great Commission.